North Oak series by Ann Hunter

North Oak: Books 1-3

AUTHOR’S BLURB: In this special compilation of books 1 through 3 of the North Oak series, you’ll discover and relive Alex’s first year at North Oak. The trilogy contains:

BORN TO RUN: **FREE**
Alexandra Anderson is on the run from the law.
When the thirteen-year-old orphan can run no further, she collapses at the gates of the prestigious racing and breeding farm, North Oak. Horse racing strikes a deep chord in her. She hears a higher calling in the jingle jangle of bit and stirrup and in the thunder of hooves on the turn for home. It tells her she has a place in the world. But when the racing headlines find her on the front of every sports page, she realizes North Oak is no longer a safe haven.
Money can’t buy love, but it just might secure Alex’s future. Will everyone at North Oak still want to offer her a home when they learn of her unspeakable crime?

YEARLING:
A new year has come to North Oak, and with it a new life for Alexandra Anderson. Will she be able to open her heart to others when its still battling demons from her past? Or will she go so deep into herself where no one can touch her, and risk losing Promenade in the Keeneland Yearling Sale?

MORNING GLORY:
When a terrible accident shakes the Showmans, Alex finds herself questioning her place in the family. Feeling like a second class citizen, she turns once again to find her solace in horse racing.
With a new filly to manage with Brooke, and Venus Galaxies’s first foal on the way, the girls must rely on each other to make things work out.
But will a handsome, foreign newcomer split them apart once again?

On the heels of Joanna Campbell’s beloved Thoroughbred Series, and Walter Farley’s Black Stallion, comes a brand new young adult horse racing series that will sweep you away like a runaway Thoroughbred.

MY REVIEW: I don’t often give claims of books being “simply” this, that or the other. And if I do feel they are simple, I rarely enjoy them unless I wanted a simple children’s book.
This series is simply about love and life and survival, and the honesty and complications of it all. That doesn’t sound simple. But the beautifully simple delivery works. Yes, I repeat the word. I’m just making fun of myself while making my point.

UPDATE: The author no longer has the first book for free on amazon. Which is not to say it isn’t free elsewhere. Just that you may have to either search somewhere else or contact the author for a copy for free to try the series before committing money to it.

To Bottle Lightning (North Oak #4)

AUTHOR’S BLURB: Alex is almost fifteen, and convinced she’s ready to train for jockeyhood. Only one man stands in her way: North Oak’s gruff old trainer, Joe Hendricks.
Joe doesn’t think Alex can handle the demands of being a real rider– she’s reckless, doesn’t follow instructions, and not exactly humble.
Dejado Augustun, on the other hand, is already licensed to ride, does as he’s asked, and does it well.
He drives Alex nuts.
No way can this Dejado guy be a match for Promenade in the upcoming Breeders Cup Juvenile. It would be easier to hate him if he weren’t so darn nice. Worst of all for Alex, he likes her, and Promenade likes him.

Can Alex overcome her pride and realize she may not be the rider Promenade needs?

 

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